Psychiatrists in Hartsdale, NY

Photo of Saurabh Kaushik, Psychiatrist in Hartsdale, NY
Saurabh Kaushik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartsdale, NY 10530
I have a strong psychopharmacologic background as well as a special interest in psychotherapy. I treat patients keeping in mind the impact of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on general health and quality of life. I have a wealth of experience in treating various disorders including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia. I emphasize on helping people heal and not just treat them as diagnostic cases. I am passionate about removing the stigma associated with mental illness and treating the mind and body as a whole entity.
I have a strong psychopharmacologic background as well as a special interest in psychotherapy. I treat patients keeping in mind the impact of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on general health and quality of life. I have a wealth of experience in treating various disorders including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia. I emphasize on helping people heal and not just treat them as diagnostic cases. I am passionate about removing the stigma associated with mental illness and treating the mind and body as a whole entity.
(914) 574-0016 View (914) 574-0016
Photo of Shoudu Zeng, Psychiatrist in Hartsdale, NY
Shoudu Zeng
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartsdale, NY 10530
When you are very depressed, you seem to fall into a deep black hole and have no way out. When you are extremely anxious, you want to jump out of your skin. When you are in panic mode, you feel like you are going to die. They are all your perception and can be changed as long as you decide to seek help from professionals. Another example is ADHD. For those people, life is a struggle. It does not have to be that way. Treatments can be a game changer. Good sleep, healthy diet and regular exercise are all important although stimulant is corner stone of the treatments. Consultation can make difference for your life. I am here to help.
When you are very depressed, you seem to fall into a deep black hole and have no way out. When you are extremely anxious, you want to jump out of your skin. When you are in panic mode, you feel like you are going to die. They are all your perception and can be changed as long as you decide to seek help from professionals. Another example is ADHD. For those people, life is a struggle. It does not have to be that way. Treatments can be a game changer. Good sleep, healthy diet and regular exercise are all important although stimulant is corner stone of the treatments. Consultation can make difference for your life. I am here to help.
(914) 363-7662 View (914) 363-7662
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Jennifer Halper, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Not accepting new clients
**6/26/20: I am not able to take new patients into my practice at this time** I am a Cornell-educated, board-certified psychiatrist who sees adults for psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. In my private practice I work closely with my patients and strive to offer the highest quality of individualized care. I practice with an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, beginning always with genuine curiosity and warmth and including psychodynamic and skills-based elements. My specialty in Reproductive Psychiatry offers me a unique understanding of PMS, infertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and perimenopause.
**6/26/20: I am not able to take new patients into my practice at this time** I am a Cornell-educated, board-certified psychiatrist who sees adults for psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. In my private practice I work closely with my patients and strive to offer the highest quality of individualized care. I practice with an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, beginning always with genuine curiosity and warmth and including psychodynamic and skills-based elements. My specialty in Reproductive Psychiatry offers me a unique understanding of PMS, infertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and perimenopause.
(646) 350-2629 View (646) 350-2629
Photo of Judit Lendvay, Psychiatrist in Hartsdale, NY
Judit Lendvay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Waitlist for new clients
Many of my patients found only temporary relief from prior treatments and are interested in a real change. If you are motivated and prefer someone who does not recommend medications easily and believes in getting to the root of problems, I may be the person for you. I am a very experienced clinician, providing individualized treatment based on thorough assessment and refers you to therapists who would be a better match for you. I have trained at Cornell and Columbia and I am on the faculty at both places. I am a training and supervising analyst at Columbia and am expert in TFP (Transference Focused Psychotherapy).
Many of my patients found only temporary relief from prior treatments and are interested in a real change. If you are motivated and prefer someone who does not recommend medications easily and believes in getting to the root of problems, I may be the person for you. I am a very experienced clinician, providing individualized treatment based on thorough assessment and refers you to therapists who would be a better match for you. I have trained at Cornell and Columbia and I am on the faculty at both places. I am a training and supervising analyst at Columbia and am expert in TFP (Transference Focused Psychotherapy).
(914) 810-3046 View (914) 810-3046
Photo of Kim Morrison, Psychiatric Nurse in Hartsdale, NY
Kim Morrison
Psychiatric Nurse, MA, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Thank you for visiting! Currently there is a waiting list for new patients. Nurse Practitioners dispense compassion, serenity & caring. I am a licensed, board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry/Mental Health with prescriptive authority most often treating adults with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia & Gay/Lesbian issues.
Thank you for visiting! Currently there is a waiting list for new patients. Nurse Practitioners dispense compassion, serenity & caring. I am a licensed, board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry/Mental Health with prescriptive authority most often treating adults with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia & Gay/Lesbian issues.
(917) 725-2161 View (917) 725-2161
Robin Schafer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, CPNP
Verified Verified
Hartsdale, NY 10530
I understand mental health disorders as being a very disruptive time in one's life. My over 15 years as a medical practitioner incorporates my knowledge as a mental health professional in treating the entire patient. I specialize in collaborating with your therapist and providing medication and medication management for unresolved disorders. I do not generally medicate on the first visit, rather I take the time to properly diagnose and titrate medication appropriately when warranted.
I understand mental health disorders as being a very disruptive time in one's life. My over 15 years as a medical practitioner incorporates my knowledge as a mental health professional in treating the entire patient. I specialize in collaborating with your therapist and providing medication and medication management for unresolved disorders. I do not generally medicate on the first visit, rather I take the time to properly diagnose and titrate medication appropriately when warranted.
(646) 392-7239 View (646) 392-7239

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Philip Benjamin Cawkwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
Hi there - I'm Dr. Philip Cawkwell, board certified in Adult Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I trained at the top institutions - NYU for medical school, MGH/McLean Harvard for Adult Residency, and Stanford for Child/Adolescent Fellowship. I have the ability to connect with teenagers and young adults, as well as the most up-to-date knowledge on the latest in psychiatric treatments. I am a good fit if you are looking for a provider who is easy to communicate with (both in and out of session), takes your concerns seriously, and is results-driven.
Hi there - I'm Dr. Philip Cawkwell, board certified in Adult Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I trained at the top institutions - NYU for medical school, MGH/McLean Harvard for Adult Residency, and Stanford for Child/Adolescent Fellowship. I have the ability to connect with teenagers and young adults, as well as the most up-to-date knowledge on the latest in psychiatric treatments. I am a good fit if you are looking for a provider who is easy to communicate with (both in and out of session), takes your concerns seriously, and is results-driven.
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Tyler Wright
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarsdale, NY 10583
I am a board-certified psychiatrist trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for fellowship and LAC+USC Medical Center for residency. Currently serving as clinical director at an intensive crisis residential unit, I bring extensive experience working with diverse individuals experiencing mental illness across various settings, including a state inpatient forensic hospital.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for fellowship and LAC+USC Medical Center for residency. Currently serving as clinical director at an intensive crisis residential unit, I bring extensive experience working with diverse individuals experiencing mental illness across various settings, including a state inpatient forensic hospital.
(914) 460-5986 View (914) 460-5986
Photo of Andrea Dolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hartsdale, NY
Andrea Dolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN , MPH, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
White Plains, NY 10606  (Online Only)
Offering online appointments to patients located in Connecticut and New York. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, lack of focus, insomnia, or trauma? Are you struggling with school, your job, your peers, or in your relationships? Do you feel alone or overwhelmed by physical or emotional suffering? Have you experienced the death of a loved one, a life transition such as divorce or loss of employment? Are you challenged by caregiver distress, caring for loved ones, or daily management of life? Is your goal to improve you or your loved ones emotional wellbeing, health, relationships, and quality of life?
Offering online appointments to patients located in Connecticut and New York. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, lack of focus, insomnia, or trauma? Are you struggling with school, your job, your peers, or in your relationships? Do you feel alone or overwhelmed by physical or emotional suffering? Have you experienced the death of a loved one, a life transition such as divorce or loss of employment? Are you challenged by caregiver distress, caring for loved ones, or daily management of life? Is your goal to improve you or your loved ones emotional wellbeing, health, relationships, and quality of life?
(475) 244-6944 View (475) 244-6944
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Daniel S. McCoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Plains, NY 10601  (Online Only)
All services are 100% via telepsychiatry and are currently available to patients residing in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, and New York!
All services are 100% via telepsychiatry and are currently available to patients residing in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, and New York!
(914) 218-6014 View (914) 218-6014
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Sonia Jasmine Bonsu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
If this is your first time seeking help, welcome! I appreciate your trust in me. Starting can be scary, especially talking to someone new about your feelings. I offer a caring environment to support you through your struggles and help you lead a happy healthy life. Your privacy is crucial to me, and my telehealth services are secure. Whether you are new or returning, I'm here to continue your mental health journey and hope to see positive growth. It is my ask that you please be open, and honest during each encounter with me to help facilitate and develop the best personalized treatment plan for you.
If this is your first time seeking help, welcome! I appreciate your trust in me. Starting can be scary, especially talking to someone new about your feelings. I offer a caring environment to support you through your struggles and help you lead a happy healthy life. Your privacy is crucial to me, and my telehealth services are secure. Whether you are new or returning, I'm here to continue your mental health journey and hope to see positive growth. It is my ask that you please be open, and honest during each encounter with me to help facilitate and develop the best personalized treatment plan for you.
(929) 249-5111 View (929) 249-5111
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Open Hands Psychiatry-TX, NY, CA, AZ, CO, WY, NM
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Festus. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing medication and nonmedication management. If you are overwhelmed, dealing with depression, anxiety, panic episodes, PSTD; bipolar or personality disorder or ADHD, I am here to help. Let us work together. I bring a humane and nonjudgmental feeling to my clients as I care for their minds and bodies.
Hi, my name is Festus. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing medication and nonmedication management. If you are overwhelmed, dealing with depression, anxiety, panic episodes, PSTD; bipolar or personality disorder or ADHD, I am here to help. Let us work together. I bring a humane and nonjudgmental feeling to my clients as I care for their minds and bodies.
(214) 888-3609 View (214) 888-3609
Photo of Adam N Raff, M.D., Psychiatrist in Hartsdale, NY
Adam N Raff, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
I treat adults and adolescents with a wide array of emotional and psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, concentration problems, emotional dysregulation, and bipolar disorder. I also help individuals struggling with relationship or work issues, low self-esteem, anger/irritability, sleep troubles, and questions of meaning and purpose. A thorough and comprehensive psychiatric consultation demands that my patient and I do our best to understand all the potential reasons for their presentation for help. I focus on an alliance that supports an interaction of mutual involvement rather than a traditional paternalistic or authoritarian hierarchy in the doctor-patient relationship.
I treat adults and adolescents with a wide array of emotional and psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, concentration problems, emotional dysregulation, and bipolar disorder. I also help individuals struggling with relationship or work issues, low self-esteem, anger/irritability, sleep troubles, and questions of meaning and purpose. A thorough and comprehensive psychiatric consultation demands that my patient and I do our best to understand all the potential reasons for their presentation for help. I focus on an alliance that supports an interaction of mutual involvement rather than a traditional paternalistic or authoritarian hierarchy in the doctor-patient relationship.
(917) 791-6643 View (917) 791-6643
Photo of Nick Banker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hartsdale, NY
Nick Banker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
White Plains, NY 10610
I am a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating the patient as a whole. I believe in constantly expanding the various ways of treating patients; we start with building a therapeutic rapport, then assess the need for classical psychiatric medications while incorporating behavioral changes and herbal supplements as needed. Our office offers Spravato (nasal ketamine) and cutting edge TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapies, so we are able to treat psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses from many different angles.
I am a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating the patient as a whole. I believe in constantly expanding the various ways of treating patients; we start with building a therapeutic rapport, then assess the need for classical psychiatric medications while incorporating behavioral changes and herbal supplements as needed. Our office offers Spravato (nasal ketamine) and cutting edge TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapies, so we are able to treat psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses from many different angles.
(914) 350-4219 View (914) 350-4219
Photo of Jacqueline Penn, Psychiatrist in Hartsdale, NY
Jacqueline Penn
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
Dr. Penn is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults, children, and adolescents. She is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based, individualized treatment. Dr. Penn is currently an attending psychiatrist and clinical professor at New York University (NYU) and is in private practice. She is licensed in New York and California. She completed her Child & Adolescent Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. ​
Dr. Penn is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults, children, and adolescents. She is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based, individualized treatment. Dr. Penn is currently an attending psychiatrist and clinical professor at New York University (NYU) and is in private practice. She is licensed in New York and California. She completed her Child & Adolescent Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. ​
(646) 849-2841 View (646) 849-2841
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Joy Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ardsley, NY 10502  (Online Only)
If you are looking for a psychiatrist who would understand you without judging you, and not see you as a "robot to be fixed with medications", you are at the right place. You can see me from the comfort of your home, office or any place you wanna be. I am very friendly, experienced and knowledgable. I would be happy to help you understand yourself better, find out what's best for you at the time and guide you towards that path.
If you are looking for a psychiatrist who would understand you without judging you, and not see you as a "robot to be fixed with medications", you are at the right place. You can see me from the comfort of your home, office or any place you wanna be. I am very friendly, experienced and knowledgable. I would be happy to help you understand yourself better, find out what's best for you at the time and guide you towards that path.
(845) 209-2726 View (845) 209-2726
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Jaskaran Grewal
Psychiatrist, PhD
Verified Verified
White Plains, NY 10601  (Online Only)
Dr. Jaskaran Singh Grewal is a highly skilled psychiatrist with a passion for helping his patients live better lives. Dr. Grewal earned his medical degree from the American University of Antigua in Antigua and Barbuda. He then went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York. A distinguished member of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Grewal believes in working collaboratively with his patients in a down-to-earth and practical manner while offering the most up-to-date and scientifically proven treatment.
Dr. Jaskaran Singh Grewal is a highly skilled psychiatrist with a passion for helping his patients live better lives. Dr. Grewal earned his medical degree from the American University of Antigua in Antigua and Barbuda. He then went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York. A distinguished member of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Grewal believes in working collaboratively with his patients in a down-to-earth and practical manner while offering the most up-to-date and scientifically proven treatment.
(646) 849-8413 View (646) 849-8413
Photo of Yesie Yoon, Psychiatrist in Hartsdale, NY
Yesie Yoon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarsdale, NY 10583
As a triple board-certified pediatrician, psychiatrist, and child and adolescent psychiatrist, I am driven by a deep passion for providing comprehensive and compassionate care to children, adolescents, and their families. Throughout my training and career, I have been dedicated to advancing my knowledge and skills in all three fields, with the goal of offering the most effective and evidence-based care possible. Throughout my career, I worked with children and families from diverse backgrounds, honing my clinical skills and deepening my commitment to providing holistic care.
As a triple board-certified pediatrician, psychiatrist, and child and adolescent psychiatrist, I am driven by a deep passion for providing comprehensive and compassionate care to children, adolescents, and their families. Throughout my training and career, I have been dedicated to advancing my knowledge and skills in all three fields, with the goal of offering the most effective and evidence-based care possible. Throughout my career, I worked with children and families from diverse backgrounds, honing my clinical skills and deepening my commitment to providing holistic care.
(914) 877-2439 View (914) 877-2439
Photo of Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Hartsdale, NY
Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(914) 359-3899 View (914) 359-3899
Photo of Dr. Anne Phan-Huy, Psychiatrist in Hartsdale, NY
Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
White Plains, NY 10605  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hartsdale, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hartsdale, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Medication Management
67% Bipolar Disorder
50% ADHD
50% Grief
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
50% 1199SEIU
50% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Hartsdale, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hartsdale?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.